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Ireland: Activists dump apples outside Fine Gael HQ in Apple tax protest00:56

Ireland: Activists dump apples outside Fine Gael HQ in Apple tax protest

Ireland, Dublin
September 1, 2016 at 16:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Sinn Fein youth group left scores of apples outside the headquarters of the Fine Gael party, in Dublin, on Wednesday, in protest against a mooted Irish government plan to use public money to appeal a European Commission decision to force Apple to pay back taxes.

The protesters believe that by using taxpayer's money to help Apple, the government would be diverting funds away from the health care system, education and housing.

The multinational technology company Apple has been ordered to repay up to €13 billion ($14.55 billion) in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland due to an "illegal" breach of EU state aid rules, confirmed European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager from Brussels, Tuesday.

The Irish government has reportedly floated plans to use taxpeyers' money to appeal the Brussels ruling.

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A Sinn Fein youth group left scores of apples outside the headquarters of the Fine Gael party, in Dublin, on Wednesday, in protest against a mooted Irish government plan to use public money to appeal a European Commission decision to force Apple to pay back taxes.

The protesters believe that by using taxpayer's money to help Apple, the government would be diverting funds away from the health care system, education and housing.

The multinational technology company Apple has been ordered to repay up to €13 billion ($14.55 billion) in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland due to an "illegal" breach of EU state aid rules, confirmed European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager from Brussels, Tuesday.

The Irish government has reportedly floated plans to use taxpeyers' money to appeal the Brussels ruling.

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